Vast majority of Canadians support renewable fuels industry

By The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association | July 07, 2015

According to a new national survey, 88 percent of Canadians believe more renewable fuels should be produced in Canada and that government should do more to promote the industry. The poll of 1,750 Canadians aged 18 and over showed that 85 percent of respondents feel pride in Canada’s biofuels industry.

“This poll reinforces what the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association and our members have known for years—renewable fuels are important to and valued by the public,” said Andrea Kent, president of CRFA. “Eight in 10 Canadians believe renewable fuel products are clean, innovative and needed across the country. The renewable fuels industry also provides Canadians with over 14,000 jobs and generate $3.5 billion in economic activity every year.”

The survey also showed that at least one in three Canadians would like there to be more support for renewable fuels. When respondents learned of the current federal biofuels mandates, 31 percent said their impression of government action on climate change improved. Two in three Canadians (67 percent) also support increasing the level of biodiesel from the current mandate of 2 percent to 5 percent.

The survey was conducted online by Abacus Data Inc. from April 6 to April 9, 2015. Survey results are available on CRFA’s website. A random sample of panelists was invited to complete the survey from a large representation of Canadians, recruited and managed by Research Now, one of the world’s leading digital data collection providers. 


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